Withe A. J. Foyt Racing signing Santino Ferrucci to a full time ride for next season, the 2023 Indycar grid stands at 25 full time confirmed entries with possibly one or two more to come. Ferrucci’s signing is not one that excites me. He has had some success, especially at Indy, but he’s not a driver I care for. It sounds like Dalton Kellett will not have a third spot at Foyt, nor will J. R. Hildebrand have a third Foyt entry at Indianapolis.
The question marks are3 the second Juncos car and the fourth car at Chip Ganassi Racing.
Juncos has yet to name a driver for their second entry, and Ganassi still has plans to run the fourth car which Jimmie Johnson drove the last two seasons. I don’t see Johnson running anything except the 500, and I have doubts that that will happen.
If the full time grid ends up with 27 cars, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for Indianapolis 500 extra entries. Arrow Mclaren SP will likely run a fourth car for the 500, and Ed Carpenter racing may also have a fourth car with Paretta Autuosport.
I don’t think any NASCAR drivers will be in the field in May. Kyle Kirkwood will be the only Kyle taking the green flag on May 28th.
The grid as it stands now. I have listed confirmed cars only.
Penske (3) Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Scott McLaughlin
Ganassi (3) Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson
Andretti (4) Colton Herta, Romain Grosjean, Devlin DeFrancesco, Kyle Kirkwood
Carpenter (2) Conor Daly, Rinus VeeKay; Ovals only-Ed Carpenter
Foyt (2)- Benjamin Pedersen, Santino Ferrucci
Meyer Shank- (2) Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud
Rahal (3) Graham Rahal. Christian Lundgaard, Jack Harvey
Coyne (2) David Malukas, Takuma Sato
Arrow McLaren (3) Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist, Alexander Rossi
Jumcos/ Hollinger (1) Callum Ilott